WBTBWB are billed as Electronic Deathcore, combining elements of death and grindcore with keys and programmed strings to create a sound that is part brutal, part power metal and sometimes even part dance pop.
With six tracks under three minutes and none even reaching the four-minute mark, they pack a powerful punch into a short blasts. The duo is from Germany and all the lyrics and titles are in German so I have no idea what the songs are about – but then again, I can’t understand death growls anyway. If I was listening to death and grindcore for the lyrical content I would absolutely hate this shit. Wikipedia claims that their 2008 debut was all covers of nursery rhymes. It could be the case here too – who the fuck knows? — but that would be kind of funny, I have to admit.
What I do know is what while not bad, there aren’t that many new ideas on this album. “Superföhn Bananendate” sounds exactly like something Mindless Self Indulgence would put out and I swear “Oh Mama Mach Kartoffelsalat” is simply Muse’s “Uprising” with death metal vocals. Then there’s “Der Kleine Vampir” which could be a Killers song and maybe the most dancey deathcore track I’ve ever heard. It has its moments, like “Das Ende,” which is a challenging song with time changes and strings passages, but it needs a few more of those to stand out from the crowd.
Der Tag an dem die Welt unterging (Online translation says: The Day the World Sank) should appeal to both Deathcore fans and those in the Dillinger Escape Plan camp, but outside of that, I doubt this will attract many people.